“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate” (Psalm 145:5).
Scripture alludes often to meditation as a spiritual exercise associated with both the word and works of God. Contemplation differs from the discipline of memorization. The former concerns itself with the teaching of the text and its obedient practice and application to life, while the latter focuses on recitation of the text. Contemplation is a deliberate and prolonged reflection that will lead to memorization, but memorization itself requires no contemplation. A knowledge of scripture should never be considered an end in and of itself. It is the means by which we build up muscle memory to respond appropriately as a people of God to the circumstances of life.